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Charges filed in death of 4-year-old

Charges filed in death of 4-year-old

Criminal charges have been filed in the death of 4-year-old Demond Keith Reed. Carla Cherisse Poole was charged with murder in the second degree (intentional) (felony).

According to the complaint, Reed was staying with Poole at 3118 Morgan Ave N. after his father was temporarily incarcerated. On Feb 6th Poole instructed her daughter to contact Reed's family and explain to them that he was missing. A family member came to the residence and called 911 and reported that Reed was missing. In initial interviews with police, Poole stated that a friend named "Shawna" had come to the house and had taken Reed without her consent.
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Scholars examine Caribbean impact on Black history

Scholars examine Caribbean impact on Black history

Professor Rex Nettleford, Vice Chancellor Emeritus, University of the West Indies (UWI), and Erica Williams Connell, daughter of Dr. Eric Williams, Former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago this Wednesday keynote the 2008 Caribbean Lecture Series being presented by Macalester College Caribbean Students Association in collaboration with Jamaica Minnesota Organization.
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Obama wins big over the weekend

Obama wins big over the weekend

Barack Obama dominated national politics this weekend in his quest for the Democratic presidential nomination. He won decisive victories in Washington state, Louisiana, Nebraska, Maine, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to NPR, Obama won 57% of the Louisiana vote. Although it was reported that voter turn-out was significantly lower than in other states, 220,000 Louisiana democrats made their way to polls this past Saturday to show their support for the Illinois senator. New York Senator Hillary Clinton captured 36% of the vote (136,959 voters) for a total of 20 delegates. Newshour reported that Obama took the state despite President Bill Clinton asking Louisiana voters to remember the work Sen. Clinton has done for the state post Hurricane Katrina.
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Preventing youth violence: Juvenile Supervision Center provides assessment and services to low level offenders

Preventing youth violence: Juvenile Supervision Center provides assessment and services to low level offenders

Now in its fourth week, Mayor R.T. Rybak's Juvenile Supervision Center is operating "wonderfully," according to Lieutenant Bryan Schafer of Minneapolis. The center opened January 17, 2008, in Minneapolis City Hall, and was designed to service youth age 10 to 17 who are picked up by law enforcement for low-level offenses including curfew, truancy, and other crimes which are not typically serious enough to warrant booking in detention.
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Drama script-writing contest on HIV/AIDS in West African Communities in Minnesota

Drama script-writing contest on HIV/AIDS in West African Communities in Minnesota

The West African HIV/AIDS Collaborative (Sponsored by Minnesota Department of Health HIV & STD section) is launching a drama script-writing contest for a 20-minute drama piece, targeting the Liberian and/or Cameroonian communities with specific messages about HIV/AIDS. The first and second winning scripts will receive prices of $1000 and $500 respectively. Eligible entries will be approximately 20 minutes long (30 pages maximum) and aim to:
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Community Blueprint to End Poverty: Low-Income Fellows Program

Community Blueprint to End Poverty: Low-Income Fellows Program

The Low-Income Fellows Program is a key element of the Community Blueprint established both to ensure low-income participation and to increase low-income leadership around poverty issues. Community Action, in partnership with The Public Policy Project, a consulting group that specializes in leadership development and public policy training of low-income individuals, developed a program to increase the advocacy and leadership skills of participants, and ensure that low-income community members play a strong role in decisions being made that affect their quality of life.
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South Minneapolis Housing Home Improvement Fair

South Minneapolis Housing  Home Improvement Fair


On Saturday, March 8th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the South Minneapolis Housing & Home Improvement Fair will take place at South High School located at 3131 19th Avenue South. This year marks the fourteenth annual Housing Fair, which has become one of the most successful and well-attended neighborhood based events in Minneapolis drawing over 2,000 attendees annually.
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Conversations on managing the mortgage crisis in North Minneapolis

Conversations on managing the mortgage crisis in North Minneapolis

An IAS, CURA, UROC, and NRRC and UNP collaboration. The University of Minnesota's Institute for Advanced Studies, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, and Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center joins its community partners, the Northside Residents Redevelopment Council and the University Northside Partnership, in inviting you to a conversation about how the current mortgage crisis impacts North Minneapolis, an area which has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the state.
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Three community leaders named 2008 local legends

Three community leaders named 2008 local legends

Three Twin Cities residents were recently named as 2008 Local Legends for their community service efforts that exemplify the values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Local Legends were honored Jan. 21 at the 18th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast at the Minneapolis Convention Center, hosted by the United Negro College Fund and the General Mills Foundation. The sold-out event featured journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault as this year's keynote speaker.
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Dislocated worker program prepared to serve hundreds of Macys employees

Dislocated worker program prepared to serve hundreds of Macys employees

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development's Dislocated Worker Program will offer assistance to 950 Macy's employees in Minneapolis that are affected by the company's recently announced decision to consolidate three divisions.
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Black gays and straights unite in historic 3-day National Convention in Baltimore

Black gays and straights unite in historic 3-day National Convention in Baltimore

Nearly 1,000 African American men, women and youth, both gay and straight-identified are expected to gather in Baltimore, MD April 24-26 for an historic three-day event geared towards healing and bridging the gap between the Black gay and Black straight communities.
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